Sandstone Press

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781912240166
Publication Date: 21/06/2018
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Celestial Bodies

Jokha Alharthi

Winner of the 2010 Best Omani Novel Award

Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present. Elegantly structured and taut, Celestial Bodies is a coiled spring of a novel, telling of Oman’s coming-of-age through the prism of one family’s losses and loves.

Jokha Alharthi

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Jokha Alharthi is the author of two previous collections of short fiction, a children’s book, and three novels in Arabic. Fluent in English, she completed a PhD in Classical Arabic Poetry in...

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‘Blends the rhythms of daily life with magic and legend.’
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‘Delivers the reader immediately into the world of the marginal, forgotten, most subaltern sectors of society.’
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‘This novel is interesting as a lens through which to view an important time in the transition of Omani society’
-The Wee Review